The Great Instant Messenger War
I’ve tried out a whole bunch of Instant Messengers – meebo, Windows Live, Pidgin… here, from my opinion, is their pros and cons.
Windows Live Messenger
– Looks nice
– Connects to other messengers
– Very very very few bugs or freezes
– Nicely set up contact list
– Easy to change picture or status
– Nice integrated games and webcam chat
– Only works on Windows
– Not so easy to add friends
– The status line can’t display hyperlinks
– Nice friend adder
– can be accessed from the web at http://webmessenger.yahoo.com
– Purple color scheme (I don’t particularly like light purple, so It’s a con for me)
– Webcam is pop-up
– Only the one look
Meebo Web Messenger
– Connects to pretty much everything (for a full list, look at my older post about it)
– No new windows for your poor overcrowded Start Menu bar
– Opens the Meebo Blog in a chat tab when you open it
– has a pop-up thing at the bottom that opens if you mouse over it… which is, as it turn out, easy to inadvertently do
– Bulky webcam chat
– Opens all your conversations in one tabbed window
– Works on Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu
– No webcam capability
So there you have it. Enjoy your IM service.
BTW, I tend to use Windows Live Messenger and Meebo, depending on whether I open Firefox first or Windows Live Messenger first. I have all four, though.
Also, I’m sorry I didn’t post anything for a while. Hopefully two in one day will make up for it.